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Mattias Roos – My Story

July 17, 2016

Mattias who, you ask? Another one of the finer keyboardists who just happens to make contemporary jazz his musical home, lucky for us. Hailing from Sweden, Roos is no stranger to the music scene as he has been performing since first learning to play at age 6. He began teaching music at age 16 and has performed with several great Scandinavian artists and has built quite the reputation in Swedish circles. Now branching out to capture the hearts and souls of American c-jazz lovers, he comes forth with My Story, an album of smooth and feel-good vibes that might remind one somewhat of Brian Culbertson, Bob Baldwin, and/or Nicholas Cole.

Tracks like the up-tempo Culbertson-like “Get Up,” the mellower “Dreaming,” which is so rich in melody, the sassy “Perfect Day” which carries that mid-tempo funk clout, and the mesmerizing “For You” fully introduce you to this Swede who obviously is bent on adding you to his following – and makes it easy to do so with full-bodied, classy style.

In his repertoire, Roos (who’s Swedish, remember) certainly doesn’t omit that trademark of smooth jazz, the romantic piece. You hear it in clear seductive terms on “Always Together” and “Miracle.”

Reaching out to U.S. audiences was certainly a wise move on Roos’ part as he does have something special to offer us. I hope he’ll have staying power and will continue to explore ways of enticing us with even more innovative stylings and compositions. My Story is certainly a great starting point. – Ronald Jackson